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Empire Editorial: HB 115 a political stunt and nothing more

...In February, the Alaska Legislature managed it."The bill is unconstitutional," wrote Alpheus Bullard, legislative counsel for the state.On Monday, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 115 anyway.HB 115, written...
Opinion | AK legislature
Assistant attorney general appointed to Juneau District Court

...the appointment Monday. Levy, 47, succeeds Judge Peter Froehlich, who retired earlier this month. Levy was legislative counsel to the Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency from 1983-1987 and also served as staff attorney to the Alaska Court...
Murkowski names 5 new commissioners

...Cape Fox Corp., will serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Joel Gilbertson, legislative counsel and legislative director for Murkowski in Washington, D.C., will head the Department of Health and Social...
Legal opinion: Governor can't tie strings to budget

...there is no room for the executive branch to supplement the provisions of the statutes," reads the opinion by legislative counsel George Utermohle. Murkowski, in signing the capital budget on July 1, said he would allow certain appropriations...
Legislative votes for cash? Law says it's OK

...prohibits a legislator from changing a vote in exchange for a campaign contri- bution," reads the opinion by legislative counsel Dan Wayne. That does not mean lawmakers are free to just pocket money for their votes on important bills. Such...
Governor can ratify contract

...process, Murkowski said during a Tuesday press conference in Anchorage that he first needed to be briefed on the legislative counsel's memos. Murkowski visited Iraq and Afghanistan last week and returned on Monday. The memos were sent to Gara...
Coghill vows to work with Stedman on sea otter bounty bill

...will under the current management procedure."Legislative Counsel, part of the Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency's...Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, challenged Legislative Counsel lawyer Alpheus Bullard's memorandum on the legality...
Race seeks to unseat Kerttula

...that." Kerttula, who has held the seat for two two-year terms, has served as an assistant attorney general, legislative counsel to the state Senate Judiciary Committee and an assistant public defender. Since taking the seat in 1998, Kerttula...
Legal analysis challenges Parnell's view on health care reform

...Florida case because Alaska joined Florida and others in the challenge to the health care reform, passed last year. Legislative Counsel Dennis Bailey disputed that, and noted the case is expected to be decided by the nation's highest court...
Committee questions new DOT head on ferry changes

...overseer of the ferry system.Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, who chaired the meeting, referred to an opinion by legislative counsel Hilary Martin suggesting Kemp should have consulted with the Marine Transportation Advisory Board under a statute...


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